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5/15 Louisville KY Possible Camponotus Queen


Best Answer CNewton , May 15 2018 - 4:21 AM

She's a Camponotus queen. Probably C. pennsylvanicus.

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#1 Offline CZjalapae - Posted May 15 2018 - 1:58 AM

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Sorry for the horrible picture quality. I found her trying to wedge herself into the seam between my basement wall and door frame at 5am, so I had to make due with a container I had on hand. I don't need specific species ID for now, just possibly a confirmation that she's a queen so I know I didn't just kidnap a major worker. I will post better pics later once she's in a test tube if needed. Thanks in advance for your help!

https://imgur.com/gallery/RQTCE9n

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Date: May 15

Size: 15-18mm. Sorry I couldn't get this more precise.

Color: Pretty shiny. Looks to be all black except for the gastor which has faint striations that altenernate between black and kind of a dark grey. Some hairs on the gastor.

Habitat: Farmland. Lots of open fields combined with heavily wooded areas.

Edited by CZjalapae, May 15 2018 - 2:38 AM.


#2 Offline CNewton - Posted May 15 2018 - 4:21 AM   Best Answer

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She's a Camponotus queen. Probably C. pennsylvanicus.



#3 Offline CZjalapae - Posted May 15 2018 - 6:08 AM

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She's a Camponotus queen. Probably C. pennsylvanicus.


Thank you for your help. Are there any identifying features I can look for to check if she's for sure pennsylvanicus?

#4 Online YsTheAnt - Posted May 17 2018 - 8:04 PM

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A wider head than thorax, golden hair on the gaster. Oh, and more pics :)




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